This book explores common motifs and color palettes of traditional quilts. Inspired by my research and association with the International Honor Quilt, a companion work to The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, I noticed a common use of particular color palettes in this collection of 542 quilts. Many of these quilts act as a form of material culture in that they document a specific era of mass produced fabric. The project was created by individuals from all over the world, but mostly the U.S., from 1979-1998. Many of these fabrics are ones that my grandmother and aunts used in their quilts that I now have in my own collection. Pondering the materiality within this collection, I am thinking about how many of these women who created these quilts worked from donated scraps, limited choice of materials, and traditional designs. Often taking pride in these limitations, I witnessed my grandmother struggling to creatively connect various fabrics together. Connecting actions such as these with observations that artists like Chicago and Schapiro made about women's creative outlets, I am creating sketches that will turn into a variety of finished work including encaustic paintings and collaged fabric constructions using both handwoven and industrially produced fabric.
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